Exploring Alberta's Two O'Clock Ridge. Image: Adam Linnard
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Terrence Larsen

Growing up near the Rocky Mountains in southern Alberta, Terrence Larsen developed a keen interest in wilderness, wildlife, and in particular, large carnivores. Those interests led Terry to pursue post-secondary education in the field of Environmental Sciences.

In 2009, Terrence was a M.Sc. candidate specializing in Ecology at the University of Alberta and working on a collaborative research project between the Foothills Research Institute Grizzly Bear Program and the forestry sector. His thesis focuses on evaluating changes to grizzly bear habitat associated with proposed mountain pine beetle forest harvesting plans in Alberta. Terry's Masters project took place within Y2Y's Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks Priority Area, on provincial crown lands.

Photo from left to right: John Saunders (pilot), Gordon Stenhouse, Bernie Goski, Terry Larsen, and G251 (a young adult female grizzly bear who spends time in the mountains and foothills near Grande Prairie, Alberta).The project aimed to improve understanding of grizzly bear habitat needs, but is part of a broader research initiative that brings together a variety of stakeholders and academic institutions. The goal of the research team is to develop informed, scientifically based management strategies in support of grizzly bear conservation in the province.

“Support from the Sarah Baker Memorial Fund not only allowed me to collect the necessary ecological information I required to complete my Masters, but also connected me with an organization and people who support conservation,” said Terry.

Once he completes his education, he aspires to continue working with a variety of wildlife research organizations.